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Columbia Team Helps Investigate Algae Bloom Near Kilauea Eruption

Researchers from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are exploring how volcanic inputs are influencing ocean health in Hawaii.

by |July 18, 2018
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Warming Climate Could Make Wildfire-Prone Homes Uninsurable

As insurers begin to account for climate change in their wildfire risk models, premiums in scorched areas could skyrocket.

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Experimental Forecasts Could Help Guatemala Recover from Volcanic Eruption

Rainfall predictions out to three weeks suggest the nation may get some relief from downpours that are hindering response and rebuilding.

by |June 26, 2018
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New Online Toolbox Helps Parents, Communities Keep Children Safe In Disasters

If disaster strikes while you’re at work, where will your children be taken? How can you ensure your children are protected?

by |June 22, 2018

How Will People Move as Climate Changes?

A new model estimates how many climate migrants there will be, where they are likely to go, and what effects they might have on the places to which they move.

by |June 13, 2018

Climate-Related Flooding May Quickly Disrupt Global Trade Chains

Intensifying river floods caused by global warming may hamper national economies worldwide, and effects might propagate through global trade and supply networks, a new study says.

by |May 28, 2018
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Photos and Videos From Hawaii’s Volcanic Eruption

Volcanologist Einat Lev shares incredible footage of steam plumes, lava fountains, and more from the Kilauea eruption.

by |May 25, 2018
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Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

Volcanologist Einat Lev is tracking lava flows at Hawaii’s volcanic eruption. Here, she describes what conditions are like on the ground—and in the sky.

by |May 22, 2018
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We Aren’t Doing Enough to Protect Prisoners During Natural Disasters

When disaster strikes, prisoners’ rights are often forgotten about. A new paper recommends changes that can help protect them.

Vulnerabilities of a Coastal City: Reflections Five Years After Hurricane Sandy

A student shares her first-hand experience of the devastating storm, and discusses how New York City is building resilience—and how it could do better.

by |April 20, 2018